Montana State Bobcats (1-5) at Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks (2-3)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Baxter Arena)
The Line: Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks -9 -- Over/Under: 156.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Montana State Bobcats will travel to Baxter Arena to take on the Omaha Mavericks this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Montana State Bobcats lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 1-5 on the season after being defeated by the Arkansas Razorbacks, 90-68, this past Wednesday. Montana State struggled offensively agianst Arkansas and couldn’t fight back after they went into halftime trailing by a 54-38 margin. Montana State shot just 35.6% from the field and 32.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. The Bobcats outrebounded Arkansas by a 40-34 margin however, did lose the turnover battle by a 24-14 margin. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Tyler Hall who had 29 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Montana State is averaging 67.2 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Montana State has been led by Tyler Hall (19.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg), Keljin Blevins (11.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.2 apg), Ladan Ricketts (11.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg), and Harald Frey (8.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Montana State is allowing their opponents to average 84.7 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of -5.8.
The Omaha Mavericks snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 2-3 on the season after defeating the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats, 76-56, this past Tuesday night. Omaha went into halftime trailing by a 37-27 margin, however, dominated Bethune-Cookman on both ends of the count in the 2nd half and pulled away for the victory after taking a 66-51 lead with 4:07 left in regulation. Omaha shot 42.9% from the field and outrebounded Bethune-Cookman by a 39-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Mavericks was JT Gibson who had 21 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, and 3 steals.
On the season, Omaha is averaging 77.4 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Mavericks are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Omaha has been led by Zach Jackson (19.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.0 spg), JT Gibson (13.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.4 spg), Mitchell Hahn (10.4 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.4 spg), and Matt Pile (9.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.0 bpg).
Defensively, Omaha is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Mavericks have a rebound margin of -3.0 and a turnover margin of 6.0.
The Bobcats are 19-45-1 ATS in their last 65 games following an ATS win and just 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games. The Mavericks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall.
Montana State is going to struggle to pick up wins with a defense that ranks just 336th in scoring defense & 341st in defensive FG%, however, there is no denying that they have some solid offensive players in Tyler Hall, Keljin Blevins, and Ladan Ricketts. Similar to Montana State, Omaha struggled defensively as they rank just 313th in defensive FG% and T-274th in rebound margin. Montana State has the best player on the floor in Tyler Hall and as I think the Bobcats will be able to keep this one close, I’m taking the Bobcats and the points.